Wednesday last day to register to vote

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Wednesday is the last day to register to vote for the April 8 elections.

It's crucial, says Kara Clark, Cape Girardeau County clerk, for voters to make sure their current address is reflected in voting records.

Otherwise a voter may face delays in trying to cast a ballot.

"If their address changes and they live in a different precinct or district, they have to go somewhere else to vote," she said. "If the judges aren't sure where [the voter] is eligible to vote, they call us. That was our major challenge in the last election."

Rita Milam, Scott County's clerk, said voters can register "at just about any city hall, most of the high schools have voter registration as well."

"Any license bureau or state agency can register you to vote," Milam said.

To register, you must be 18 by Election Day, a U.S. citizen, and a Missouri resident.

People lose their right to vote while confined with a prison sentence; on probation or parole after a felony conviction or after either a felony or misdemeanor connected with voting or voting rights.

For details on registering to vote, call the Cape Girardeau County Clerk's office in Jackson at 243-3547, or the Cape Girardeau office at 335-9060. In Scott County, call 573-545-3549.

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